This year marks 50 years since the establishment of the Māori Secondary Schools Speech Competition, Ngā Manu Kōrero.
Named 'The Korimako Contest', the competition began in 1965 and acknowledges and commemorates Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones, a Ngāti Maniapoto elder and scholar who died in 1976.
It is a prestigious event that encourages Māori students in all secondary schools to become more confident when speaking in both Māori and English.
Each year, new speech topics are created within four sections, giving students the opportunity to choose one that they are most passionate about. These sections are junior English, junior Māori, senior English and senior Māori.
The National final for 2015 will be hosted by Te Whanganui-a-Tara ki Otaki at the Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua from Monday 21 through to Thursday 24 of September.
The 2015 Ngā Manu Kōrero Topics are as followed:
Sir Turi Carroll - Junior English
1. Light a fire in the heart of the world
2. The bucketlist of adolescence is..
3.Everyone has the attributes and qualities of a leader
4. Tell me I can't and I will
5. We are the guardians of our environment
6. Ngā Manu Kōrero: how have past winners influenced Māori leadership?
Korimako- Senior English
1. Māori health: together we can improve it!
2. Dream it, believe it, achieve it
3. Listen and learn from the stories of our ancestors
4. Why do relationships matter?
5. The power of belonging
6. Ngā Manu Kōrero: How have past winners influenced Māori leadership?
Rawhiti Ihaka- Junior Māori
1. Kia ngāwari te reo
2. E haka e tama! Kua riro mā tinana e pakari ai te mana
3. Ko te tino taonga o te ao Māori
4. He kai kei aku ringa
5. Mahia te mahi hei painga mō te iwi
6. Ngā Manu Kōrero, te manu whakaora o taku reo
Pei Te Hurinui Jones- Senior Māori
1. He iwi koha kī, he iwi koha kore rānei?
2. Ehara au i te rau harakeke kia pūhia noa e te hau, anei taku koha ki te ao
3. Whakamanatia te reo, tukua kia mate hauwarea noa rānei?
4. He rautau kua hori, he hua kua puta mai mō Ngāi Māori?
5. Tuakana, Teina, haumua, haumri rānei?
6. Ngā Manu Kōrero, te manu whakaora o taku reo.
For more information on this years regional and national Ngā Manu Kōrero competition, click here.